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Microsoft urges admins to patch on-prem Exchange Server installations immediately.

Microsoft claims that Hafnium targets companies in various sectors, including infectious disease researchers, law firms, higher education institutions, defense contractors, policy think tanks, and NGOs.
This attack is going to disproportionately impact those that can lest afford it (SMBs, Edu, States, Locals)..

How Can You Protect Yourself?

If you think you’re a victim of the Microsoft hack, you should immediately install the patches and reach out to security professionals, like ITRemedy, for an expert evaluation.
But even if you don’t use Microsoft Exchange Servers, there are a few steps you should always take to ensure your security.
First, make sure you create long, varied passwords, especially for sensitive accounts. Be aware of URLs, email addresses, and other general inconsistencies from ‘familiar services that may actually a phishing attempt. Enable two-factor authentication wherever you can.

And if you think you’ve been hacked, reach out to us immediately.

Dropper

A dropper is a small helper program that facilitates the delivery and installation of malware.

Spammers and other bad actors use droppers to circumvent the signatures that anti-virus programs use to block or quarantine malicious code. It’s much easier to change the dropper, should its signature become recognized, than it would be to rewrite the malicious code-base.

Droppers, like many of their larger Trojan horse counterparts, can be persistent or non-persistent. Non-persistent droppers install malware and then automatically remove themselves. Persistent droppers copy themselves to a hidden file and stay there until they complete the task they were created for.

Droppers can be spread many ways, including by:

  • Opening an infected e-mail attachment.
  • Picking up a drive-by download on an infected website.
  • Clicking a malicious link on a website or in an email.
  • Using an infected flash drive.

Sometimes droppers are bundled with free utility programs (such as ad blockers) to avoid detection. When the free program executes, the dropper will first download and install malware before it unpacks and installs the legitimate utility.

Get in touch today to protect your digital assets from evolving Cyber Threats!!

Covid 19 and Digital Technology

COVID 19 HAS GIVEN ONCE IN A GENERATION
OPPORTUNITY FOR SMALL BUSINESSES TO ADOPT DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY AND PERMANENTLY IMPROVE THEIR PRODUCTIVITY

Small businesses have shown very low levels of
technology adopt ion due to terrible experiences of implementing new technology in the past and bad experiences of service from large providers! !
Contact experts at ITRemedy to enable digital transformation in your organization! !
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Whatsapp

WhatsApp Messaging Will Now Be Full Of Fun; Here’s How

WhatsApp keeps making some changes from time to time to improve the messaging experience of its users. In this episode, the company has made some changes in its app. A lot of new emoji with many features have also come on WhatsApp platform. 

If you have not yet received new features or emoji, then update your WhatsApp immediately. WhatsApp has been testing these features in the beta version of its app for a long time. Now this feature has been rolled out for all the users in the stable app and the advanced search option is available to the users in their WhatsApp. At the same time, some users may have to wait a bit for this new feature in their device.

Threat Intelligence!!

Almost everything we own is connected to the internet, it’s time to take another look at cybersecurity. The nature of cybersecurity threats has changed since the early years of the web: cyber criminals are getting more sophisticated and less obvious. According to the Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, in 2018, 74% of data breaches were caused by phishing attacks or fraudulent emails intended to get people to share sensitive information. And 83% of InfoSec professionals—the best of the best when it comes to cybersecurity—were victims of phishing attacks.

In general, threat intelligence refers to the information used by an organization to better understand past, current, and future threats. It provides the context necessary to make informed decisions about your network security, especially after an attack has occurred. Who is attacking you and why? How much damage could they do in your system? Where are your system vulnerabilities? The answers to these questions are essentially the building blocks to a disaster readiness plan.

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In case my computer is infected, I will see it for sure!!

Don’t be so sure about that…………………

Yes, it used to be true, but it’s not anymore. In the past, when computers started to run slow and get annoying pop-ups all over the screen, it was a sure sign of infection.

Nowadays, cyber criminals radically improved their methods. They are more efficient and know how to disguise their attacks.

Malware is built to be undetectable and untraceable even by antivirus software, in order to retrieve the sensitive information needed by cyber criminals. It may be months before you even notice there’s something wrong!

Here’s what you can do: 

  1. install a good antivirus product and keep it updated
  2. Install a security program against  data stealing malware 
  3. Have a professional threat monitoring of your network and computers
  4. and have a Ransomware free backup!!

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Protect your data from insider threats

When it comes to protecting your Data and Network assets, Organizations continue to spend an exceptional amount of time and money to secure from external attacks; however, insider threats are becoming a key cause of data exposure. Based on survey from Small Businesses security experts have found that insider incidents account for more than 60 percent of all data breaches; however, many organizations don’t report insider attacks out of fear of business loss and damage to their reputation.  

Insider threats come in two forms. An authorized insider threat is someone who misuse their rights and privileges, either accidentally, deliberately or his credentials were stolen. An unauthorized insider is someone who has connected to the network behind the perimeter defenses. This could be someone who plugged into a jack in the lobby or a conference room, or someone who is using an unprotected wireless network connected to the internal network. Insider attacks can lead to data loss or downtime, so it is as important to monitor activity in your network as activity at the perimeter.  To have effective Network Security strategy, first, identify the main threats that your company currently faces. 

Historically, the data breaches that make the news are typically carried out by outsiders. Outsider threats are generally the threats that have been addressed with traditional security measures. It’s the threats that originate from inside that are much more difficult to prevent and detect using one-size-fits-all security measures.

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Protect your business from Cyber Extortion

Phishing, social engineering and web-based attacks top the list of cybersecurity threats specifically targeting SMBs. These threats are largely facilitated by:

  • Un-monitored and unsecured endpoint devices, especially laptops, mobile devices and IoT technology in a “bring your own device” workplace
  • Weak passwords for user accounts
  • Sharing information with third parties without a comprehensive data inventory
  • Negligent employee and contractor behavior

Fortunately, you can mitigate the risks and vulnerabilities to your enterprise by implementing a strong security plan for small business infrastructure.

To carry out your own plan, first, identify the main cybersecurity threats that your company currently faces. ITRemedy is committed to help Small Businesses quantify and prioritize the threat landscape and create a sustainable cyber security strategy.

 

 

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Cyber security – a very real risk for businesses today

Cyber security is a very real risk for businesses today, as we rely on technology more and move a lot of our information online. Small businesses are at risk from cyber criminals, who target them because their systems are probably easy to attack.

Unfortunately, many smaller companies do not invest time or money into protecting their systems and data. When you are busy and you are responsible for staff and the day to day business activities, it is hard to add something else to your priority list. 

In Texas, a law enacted at the beginning of 2020 requiring Texas businesses to disclose data breaches to individuals no later than 60 days after the breach. HB 3834 requires state and local government employees and state contractors to complete cybersecurity training. This shows how serious the threat is for TX based businesses and Governments.

Before you start putting your plan together, it is worth taking time to assess where you are now…

ITRemedy is committed to help Small Businesses quantify and prioritize the threat landscape and create a sustainable cyber security strategy.

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